Title: Casey’s Warriors
Series: Bondmates, Book 1.0
Author: Ann Mayburn
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Stand Alone: YES
Re-issued /Re-edited: NO
Date published: Jun 23, 2014
Published by: Fated Desires Publishing, LLC
Publisher bookstore: LINK
Word count: 110,000
Page count: 266 pages (real)
With over thirty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her wonderful husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.
From a young age she’s been fascinated by myths and fairytales, and the romance that often was the center of the story. As Ann grew older and her hormones kicked in, she discovered trashy romance novels. Great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.
Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.
Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.
Lorn Adar has searched more than a lifetime to find his bondmate—the one woman he was born to love and the only woman who can save him from the approaching madness that threatens all unbonded males of his race. When a wormhole opens from his galaxy to Earth and the women who could hold their future, Lorn will do all in his power to not only find his mate, but show her a Universe she never knew existed.
Casey Westfall’s normal life changed forever when she finds the sexy leather clad man on her doorstep. One innocent kiss leads to an adventure that will span worlds and Casey will have to choose between the man who is the other half of her soul and never seeing her family or her world again. To complicate matters Kadothians live in polyamerous family units and Lorn will have to convince his Earth bride to accept not only his love, but the love of his best friend and brothers in arms or risk the chance of losing them to either the madness or the Hive—the race of sociopathic women bent on destroying and enslaving everything in their path, but Casey can’t see loving more than one man as being anything other than a sin. Lorn will have to teach his bride that she was created for both of them just as they were created only for her.
In a Universe where all is possible, the battle to protect not only his people, but his heart rests on the soul of a human woman who must face the unknown and take a leap of faith that could save or destroy them all.
I will start my review with a rambling… Why O why?
Two things bothers me no-end:
- non respect of the french language
- the models on covers have nothing to do with the description
Ann Mayburn used 3 french words in her story and she managed to spell them wrong! I really truly hate when an author is too lazy to make a quick search on the web to verify the spelling. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL dammit! Not “CIRQUE DE SOLEI” !!!!! It is not even a word but a name, famous in addition to that. So neither the author nor the editor thought wise to verify the typo because they must be people that believe only american read their story? Really??? Although I cannot believe all american never heard of it, especially in Vegas! I will never understand laziness when using another language. It is totally disrespectful. No excuses. #SUCKS
The models on the cover… Lets see how they were described:
Both wore a pair of black pants that reminded her of something a martial artist would wear, and their long, beautiful hair was loose around them.
The man on the left had silver hair that had an almost metallic sheen, silky and falling to his mid back. The deep bronze tone of his skin also shone like burnished metal, and when she looked up into his bright blue eyes (…)
(…) a man with amazing long, blood-red hair streaked with thick highlights of honey blond. It reached almost to his waist (…) There was a faint pelt of red hair on his chest and she had an overwhelming urge to lick him. He had fuller lips than the silver-haired man, but the rest of his features were rougher from his prominent nose to his heavy brow.
At this point, I invite you to scroll up and check the cover on top of this review… Yeah, really? the two short army hair cut brown hair were the best this publisher could do? Yes I get it that it is not easy to find the exact models but at least they could make an effort to find a blond and a red hair with shoulder length? I mean if the publisher could not find any model close enough to the description, then stick to the heroine only then or cut the heads and stick to the torsos. #DUH
Sorry to say but the rating dropped from 4 to 3. I was even harder with previous reviews where I rated 1 star because the french translation was nasty, I am not going to make an exception here because I loved the story and it was only a couple of word (and the annoying cover book).
I am upset because this was definitely a great menage. I loved the characters, the romance, the plot. I thought it was original and well written. I was immersed in this new sci-fi saga. I mean this story had all the elements to deserve a great long review from me.
A couple of things bothered me like credibility. It was how one of the hero found the heroine. I thought it was rushed. A full chapter to explain the reasons why the warriors have to go on earth but then BAM! the hero appear at the heroine’s door step. Then all warriors who felt their bondmates in the area stick together, they have the most expensive cars and bikes, they can buy a house, buy clothes, cars, change the color of the hair (at least one hero from silver to white-blond, not the length mind you). Which money? Within 1-2 days? Another chapter would have been nice to understand their struggle to find their bondmates. I wanted to believe that the wormhole theory was the passage to another galaxy but it stopped to be credible when the characters went back in a blink of an eye to say goodbye to the heroine’s family (why not reaping the memories instead of this silly stripping excuses tv reality show?) and to help the Reaping (do not want to spoil so I just will call it). And I was upset that I did not get a glimpse of the second bonding.
I understand it the first book of a new series but I was left hanging about the villain. What if I do not want to read this series any further? I will never know the consequences of the villain’s action. Regarding the heroine’s sex punishment when she run away because she thought she was betrayed was over the top. The author took the easy way to punish the heroine because she scared the heroes and because she had a great orgasm, she finally (took a long long time for it) admit that loving two men was okay. I read this over and over by so many authors and it really annoys me that they use sex as a meaning to make the stupid heroine understand… In my world, I have a talk… with my clothes on, an explanation, a mutual understanding… then makeup. I do not need to be tied up, and receive a great orgasm to understand. In fact, the only thing I would understand is to try again to receive the same treatment! logical no? Naaa, totally stupid! I hate it when authors portray their characters like stupid bimbos and cavemen. How can authors (and readers?) find this sexy to be forced and treated like a doll sex. It was only one scene (phew) but still.
You know what? I realized that even if I liked the story, I may have given only a 3 stars from the start after all. Re-reading the bothering parts, I think the list is long enough to confirm the 3 stars…
Those were the points that bothered me. I am a bit short and I wished I could give you more positive thoughts because the story truly deserves way more than what I said. I was so happy to read a menage that had many of the ingredients I enjoy and the minus ones did not unbalance my general point of view. I am sure 99% will not care about those details. Good enough. It is a fantastic story nevertheless.